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Latvian authorities urged to probe alleged data theft from energy company

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Latvian law enforcement authorities were urged on Monday to probe a possible data theft from the state-owned energy company Latvenergo after media reports that political parties have been offered to buy the company's client data.

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Latvia's TV3 television reported last Sunday that some "activists" had been approaching politicians this summer, offering them Latvenergo's database they might find useful in their campaigns ahead of this year's parliamentary election.

The database, which was offered for the price of 80,000 euros ($92,838), reportedly contained Latvenergo clients' phone numbers.

Although Latvenergo has no evidence to confirm that its client data have been compromised or stolen, the company on Monday asked the national data protection authority and state police to probe the TV report.

Latvenergo communications head Andris Siksnis said on public radio that the company's data flow is systematically monitored by IT staff and that there have been no indications of an unauthorized access to its database.

Latvenergo representatives stressed that the company keeps and processes its client data strictly in accordance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation.

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